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Got the bike out today

March 10, 2012

St. Paul Bike Classic 2006

I took advantage of the nice weather today and went for a bike ride. No, I didn’t take the recumbent. I took my old mountain bike turned road bike (and not very good as either one). I looked in my library and I don’t even have a recent photo of that bike.

I did discover something about early spring riding. Fenders are highly recommended. There are many puddles that are completely across the road and therefore unavoidable. Fenders would have deflected that water back to the road instead of to my back and face.

Overall, it was very nice to get out for a ride.

 

The photo is from 2006 and it was September. It was also a rainy day. Today was clear and mild and actually more like the weather we should have had on that day in 2006. I was able to wear a light vest today instead of a jacket.

New shower head – like going on vacation early

February 5, 2012

I have a vacation planned for later this week, but I went on vacation early today. I purchased a new shower head a couple of weeks ago, but never got around to installing it until yesterday. I originally bought it to have a hand-held spray head to help in cleaning the shower. I did prove yesterday that it works for that. This morning I got to find out how nice it is. It has so many settings that I don’t think I got through all of them.Waterpik hand-held shower head

Sitting in front of a TV for a football game

January 15, 2012

Yes, I am sitting in front of a TV waiting for a Packers game to begin. I guess this is what happens when you have a daughter marry a cheesehead.

The state parks have reopened!

July 23, 2011

I had a nice hike at Afton State Park today. According to my fitbit, I burned 582 calories. I was also wearing a heart rate monitor and it calculated 785 calories. I will use the heart rate monitor number to compute my calorie intake for the rest of the day.

fitbit graph of calories burned

MS 150 2011 Completed

June 22, 2011

I was able to complete the MS 150 2011 ride from Proctor to White Bear Lake on June 10 and 11. We ended up with a team of 3 riders. Thanks for riding Dave and Pete! Unfortunately, we lost our 4th rider to a traffic accident on her way to the ride registration in White Bear Lake. Both drivers walked away from minor accident, but it kept Kristi from participating in the ride.

Signs of spring

April 4, 2011

Today, it finally happened. I had heard a robin the other day, but I did not see a robin until today. So, now the Cup and Cone is open, most of the snow is gone, a beard is gone, and now I have seen a robin. Spring has arrived.

Spring is approaching – from the North!

April 1, 2011

 

Demarcation line of snow on the South half of the backyard

Looking Northwesterly

 

The snow has melted on the North half of the backyard, but there is still a few inches on the South half. I put this forward as proof of global warming from the North Pole southward.

Although, there may be a completely different reason for this demarcation.